Little library of foraged inks (Angie Arsenault)

Angie Arsenault

Angie Arsenault is an artist and researcher from the deindustrializing island of Unama’ki (Cape Breton). Angie’s work engages with concepts of value, detritus, memory, botanical life, survival, folk wisdom and storytelling through interventions in the field and installation predominantly. She holds both a BFA (2004) and MFA (2017) from NSCAD University.

Little library of foraged inks

Spotlight Project

Location: Eltuek Arts Centre

This iteration of the Little library of foraged inks was created with the concept of reemergence, the inner-child, and life cycles in mind. The botanical matter used to make the inks housed in the Little library was foraged in the spring, as vegetal lives reemerged reliably once again from their winter slumber. As you stand here reading this, they are completing their lifecycle once again and will patiently lie dormant until spring’s return. We are like these plants, tentatively emerging from our seemingly endless winter of pandemic lockdown, learning to play out in the world once again. The artworks in this exhibition were created by members of the public in Sydney who chose to experiment and play with the, sometimes surprising, inks on offer in the Little library of foraged inks. I view these works, all together, as a celebration of our collective reemergence. May we each unfurl expansively in the world like leaves in spring.